Leaders of the pack

By Linda Luk

The more than 100 students honored Friday afternoon indicate that there is no shortage of student leaders on this campus.

More than 400 people came to the Carl Sandburg Auditorium for this year’s campus leadership awards, honoring student leaders.

“They rarely get recognized,” said Rick Clark, director of University Programming and Activities. “This is our opportunity to present an award to them to show our appreciation.”

President John Peters made a surprise appearance at the ceremony.

“Our student leaders do so much to enrich this campus,” he said. “We are extremely happy that the student leaders are here to nurture their skills at NIU.”

Awards are offered in many different categories, including student leader of the month, Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges 2000-2001 and student leader of each class.

“I feel good about winning the leadership award,” said Tim Robertson, winner of a sophomore leadership award.

Select student leaders were rewarded for their hard work with institutional tuition waivers for the 2001-2002 school year.

“It is great to receive the institutional wavier award,” said Lisa Skaggs, winner of three awards. “You don’t have to worry about tuition, and you feel appreciated for all the hard work.”

Categories honoring volunteers included the student volunteer corps and the organizational student volunteer corps awards. The UP&A director’s award chose recognized the most outstanding leaders.

“It’s an honor to receive these awards,” said Michael Corelli, winner of student leader of the month, senior leadership, individual student volunteer corps and UP&A director’s awards. “I was in shock about the director’s award, and that means a lot. It is not so much the recognition but the fact you get honored for doing something you really enjoy.”

The Asian American Association, Campus Activities Board and Sigma Lamba Beta were recognized as outstanding student organizations.